Artists on Film: Art for Art’s Sake?
July 3, 2018
2:00 pm-4:30 pm
UMass Amherst Campus
Artists on Film: Art for Art’s Sake? | Seán Allan, University of St Andrews
East German Künstlerfilme—films about artists both real and imaginary—offer unique insights into the changing socio-political agendas of cultural policy in the GDR and the East Bloc. In the 1960s, these films focused on modernist aesthetics and the role of the artist in contemporary socialist society, while in the 1970s and early ‘80s they played a key role in internationalizing East German cinema.
The Lost Angel
Der verlorene Engel
(GDR, 1966/70, dir. Ralf Kirsten, 58 min., b/w, EN ST)
August 24, 1937: the German expressionist sculptor and author Ernst Barlach learns that the Nazis have dragged his famous sculpture, The Hovering Angel, out of the Güstrow Cathedral. Barlach reflects on his life and on his work, which has been confiscated or denounced as “degenerate art.” This sensitive feature film was banned in 1966 and only released in a shortened version in 1970.